Here you’ll find articles on traditional and not-so-traditional approaches to investing — primarily in individual stocks, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and bonds. Along with my breakdown and scrutiny of general strategies are first-hand experiences in implementing these approaches. Specific topics include building an investment portfolio and possible ways to determine whether a stock is bargain priced. Information and insights in the Investing category can help you develop a framework for making investment decisions.

Stock Splits: What They Are, Why They Matter

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Finding Large, Prominent, and Conservatively Financed Companies

In The Intelligent Investor, Graham outlines suggested requirements for defensive investors (aka passive investors) in selecting stocks and building a stock portfolio. These guidelines could be passed along to a financial advisor as a way of specifying requirements. The big idea is to develop a checklist or screen of some sort that enables me to rely on reason rather than emotion when buying and selling stocks. Here we’ll consider how to find large, prominent, and conservatively financed companies.

How I Find Beauty in a Balance Sheet

When I’m evaluating a company and its stock, one of the places I look is the company’s balance sheet. A great balance sheet is beautiful to me. It either attracts me to a company and its management or repels me. Let’s delve into how this essential financial statement can hold beauty.

What Not to Buy When Investing

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been updating my portfolio. The good news is that I locked in a gain with NVDA by selling 100 of my shares for $212 per share, which I had bought at an average price of $25 about two years ago. The bad news is that I lost money on other investments. I sold shares in a few stocks that had declined in price and didn’t seem to hold potential for gain even when priced low. The good part of my bad moves is that I’ve honed my ability to know what not to buy when investing.

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